When joining knitting in the round, it’s imperative that the work is not twisted (unless it’s a desired effect). I thought I’d share a little tip on how to easily make sure that you can follow that… 134 more words
Last week I finally found a window of time to cast on a new project for myself! (Always an exciting prospect!) It had to be something easy to transport as I was going off to a Hen Do that weekend, yes you heard me right, knitting at a Hen Do, but hey! 223 more words
Step 1: Hold the tail against the needle. I like to pinch the end against the needle with my right thumb or pointer finger, and continue with my left hand.
Step 2: Wrap the yarn 10 times (not including the first holding wrap). Your success depends on how tightly you wrap the yarn. In my experience, wrap more tightly for lace, more loosely for thicker yarns.
Step 3: Pinch the yarn after the 10th wrap.
Your wrapping success is also dependent on how appropriate the needle size is to the yarn.
Step 4: Take the yarn off the needle. This length is considered long enough for 10 stitches.
Step 5: Fold the yarn along it’s own length. Pick up the yarn at the point where the end meets yarn. The length from your fingers to the end is long enough for 20 stitches.
Step 6: Fold the yarn back against itself again, but pinch the fold this time. There’s enough yarn for 40 stitches from the end to the point where the end meets yarn.
Step 7: I use the 20 stitch length, folded back against itself over and over again to reach my desired stitch count. This picture shows three lengths, or 60 stitches.
Step 8: After determining how much yarn you need, don’t forget to add a tail! You’ll need enough extra to keep in your hand to work those last few cast on stitches. I like 6-8″ between my stitches length and my slip knot.
Step 9: Cast on your desired stitch count. After a couple of tries with your favorite weight yarn and size needle, you’ll easily get a feel for how tightly you should wrap your yarn in order to make the most of this technique.
I want to introduce you to my friend, the provisional cast-on. It’s a nifty little technique that can be completely invaluable. It lets you cast on (and knit), then come back and knit in the other direction. 215 more words